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bug#12535: 24.2.50; [PATCH] `edmacro-parse-keys' is incorrect for M-<TAB

From: Noam Postavsky
Subject: bug#12535: 24.2.50; [PATCH] `edmacro-parse-keys' is incorrect for M-<TAB>
Date: Sun, 07 Jul 2019 08:00:51 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.2.90 (gnu/linux)

Drew Adams <address@hidden> writes:

> I really cannot imagine why that 6-char fix would
> not have been applied sometime in the 7 years that
> have elapsed since the report - let alone why the
> bug would now be closed as "wontfix".

I think the reason is that when you say things like this:

    > Can you submit a new patch, preferably tested?

    Sorry; I really don't have the time now.  But I think that all
    of the relevant info has been provided, so you should be able
    to DTRT.

You unavoidably send the message that your time is more important than
the person handling your bug report (to be clear, it's not the "I'm busy
right now" part alone, but the combination of "I'm busy, you do it"
that's the problem).

> Just the bug report, regardless of whether any freebie suggested
> solution code was also provided (which it was) [...]

Similarly, use of the word "freebie" implies that you don't consider the
time spent reading and checking posted patches for mistakes as important.

If bug reports were answered by utility-maximising robots this wouldn't
matter.  However, we have only squishy humans available for bug report
handling.  Therefore, please try to think about the human on the
receiving end before you post something.

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